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2009 Rescue at Sea: Maersk-Alabama Captain Richard Phillips, Snipers on USS Bainbridge Attack Pirates Off the Coast of Somalia (Two CD-ROM Set)

This up-to-date electronic book on two CD-ROMs has comprehensive coverage of the dramatic April 12, 2009 Navy rescue of Maersk-Alabama Captain Richard Phillips. At approximately 7:19 p.m (12:19 p.m. EDT) U.S. naval forces rescued Capt. Richard Phillips, the master of Motor Vessel Maersk-Alabama. U.S. military forces have one pirate in custody, three were killed in the rescue. Comprehensive coverage is provided of the entire modern maritime piracy and maritime security issue. The term “pirate” may conjure in many people’s minds romantic images of swashbuckling adventurers. However, in reality, a 21st century pirate is frequently a desperately poor individual from an unstable or failing state, roaming the ocean in a small skiff, waiting to attack vulnerable cargo ships with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. There is nothing romantic about this figure – or about the crime of piracy. According to the International Maritime Bureau, there were 293 reported pirate attacks against ocean-going vessels in 2008. While pirate attacks occur sporadically in many parts of the world, piracy is most prevalent in the Horn of Africa region, where gangs from Somalia are seizing vessels and holding their crews for ransom. Somalia is a largely ungoverned country with a shoreline stretching over 1,500 miles – equal to the distance from Miami to Maine. The primary industry and livelihood of coastal Somalia has always been fishing, and Somalis are capable mariners. During the last year, and especially last summer and fall, piracy incidents and ransom payouts increased dramatically. The lack of governance, poor economic conditions, vast coastline, and numerous vessels along the coast created a situation allowing pirates to mix in with legal fisherman, evade coalition Navies, and take merchant vessels hostage with little or no consequences. It is estimated that 25,000 ships per year transit the area in question, and the pirates enjoyed complete freedom of movement both at sea and ashore. Merchant vessels were forced to comply with boardings by pirates brandishing automatic weapons and grenade launchers. Compliant vessels and crews were generally unharmed and, after days or weeks of negotiation, ship owners paid a ransom to have the ships released. As of late, and evident with the pirating of M/V FAINA (carrying Russian tanks, rocket propelled grenades and anti-air artillery) and M/T SIRIUS STAR (crude oil), the pirates appear emboldened. With the rewards so high (ransoms typically exceed $1M dollars) and little to no risk of consequences, thus far, piracy has become an attractive way of life for people in war-torn Somalia. Flush with cash, pirates may upgrade their equipment (boats, weapons, boarding equipment), improve their tactics and procedures, and continue to adapt to coalition naval presence over time. There is also coverage of the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. Navy 5th Fleet, and Naval Special Warfare Seals. There is material from the U.S. Navy, State Department, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Hearings, U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), NGA, Maritime Security Primer, the National Strategy for Maritime Security, and Maritime Piracy legislation. U.S. Naval Forces Central Command deters or defeats aggression in littoral and maritime areas of responsibility; works with regional, joint and other partners to improve overall security, stability and regional nations’ maritime capabilities; and remains ready to respond to the full range of crises, including environmental and humanitarian. Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) counter violent extremism and terrorist networks in maritime areas of responsibility.

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Official Trailer – In Theaters 10/11

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Captain Phillips – Exclusive Sneak Preview – In Theaters 10/11

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Captain Phillips Official Trailer #1 (2013) – Tom Hanks

Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks Synopsis: The true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk…

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Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi on Their Drama ‘Captain Phillips’

Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi reveal secrets of filming their drama “Captain Phillips.” The film centers on a 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates. “It’s not very g…

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Captain Phillips – Official Trailer #2 – In Theaters 10/11

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Captain Phillips

A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALS, and Dangerous Days at Sea

“I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.” –President Barack Obama
April 12, 2009, on Captain Phillips’ Rescue

It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States–flagged cargo ship sailing down the coast of western Africa. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship, setting off a tense five-day standoff and a series of life-or-death feats by Captain Richard Phillips and the group of Navy SEALs who would ultimately rescue him. A Captain’s Duty follows Richard Phillips’ adrenaline-packed tale of adventure and courage during his days as a hostage. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips did everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.”I share the country’s admiration for the bravery of Captain Phillips and his selfless concern for his crew. His courage is a model for all Americans.” –President Barack Obama
April 12, 2009, on Captain Phillips’ Rescue

It was just another day on the job for fifty-three-year-old Richard Phillips, captain of the Maersk Alabama, a United States–flagged cargo ship sailing down the coast of western Africa. That all changed when armed Somali pirates boarded the ship, setting off a tense five-day standoff and a series of life-or-death feats by Captain Richard Phillips and the group of Navy SEALs who would ultimately rescue him. A Captain’s Duty follows Richard Phillips’ adrenaline-packed tale of adventure and courage during his days as a hostage. When the pirates boarded his ship, Captain Phillips did everything he could to safeguard his crew. And when he was held captive, he marshaled all his resources to ensure his own survival, withstanding intense physical hardship and an escalating battle of wills with the pirates. This was it: the moment where training meets instinct and where character is everything. Richard Phillips was ready.

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Captain Phillips – Official Trailer #2 (2013) [HD] Tom Hanks

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Captain Phillips – Official Trailer (HD) Tom Hanks

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